BMW merges ride-hailing and car sharing into one app

German car manufacturer, BMW,is merging its car sharing and ride-hailing services into one app, ReachNow. The ride- hailz ing service and car-sharing service is currently only available in Seattle in the USA while Portland and New York only have the car-sharing feature. BMW Group acquired all of ReachNow (and…

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Nigeria's Farmcrowdy named as the top digital business for 2018

Farmcrowdy, a Nigerian AgriTech startup, has been named as the "Digital Business of the Year (2018)" award in Afrika. This was announced and awarded at the annual Global African Business Awards (GABA) ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Other nominees of the Digital Business of the Year award include e-commerce platforms…

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Nigeria's government launches campaign against fake news

Nigeria's government has launched what it calls a "campaign against fake news." This was announced by Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, at a press briefing on 11 July 2018. Mohammed further exclaimed that fake news was like a time bomb waiting to explode. “In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country…

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Put your phone down and talk to people

Apple and Google recently announced features in their forthcoming mobile operating systems designed to “reduce interruptions and manage screen time.” Android and iOS users alike will soon be able to guard their sleep against digital temptations, easily activate “Do Not Disturb” mode when needed, and get prompted to stop when…

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South Africa's best digital bank for 2018

The 7th Annual SITEisfaction report has awarded FNB South Africa the "Best Digital Bank" in South Africa award for 2018. FNB was also announced the winner of the Best Mobile Banking and Best Internet Banking categories as well. The awards organizers also noted that FNB’s rise in satisfaction levels…

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SimilarWeb has been stealing users' browsing history

In January 2017, Justin Hindman announced that Stylish, a popular open-source web browser extension he had created that allows users to apply any style sheet (CSS) to any web page, had been acquired by web analytics and market research company, SimilarWeb. It has now been revealed that SimilarWeb has been…

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App for tracking epidemics

Researchers in Tanzania have developed a digital application that empowers communities to use smartphones to detect and report the outbreak of diseases  including Ebola and cholera. The digital app, dubbed AfyaData, which is available for download on Google Play store, was developed by researchers at the Sokoine University of Agriculture…

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